Agenda for Tuesday, March 26

Hello everyone,

Scouts have just come back a wilderness survival trip and they have a lot of knowledge to share! Did you know that you can make tea with the pine needles of a white pine tree? During the trip review, the scouts who went will be sharing cool experiences and teach some quick and meaningful skills of wilderness survival.

7:00-7:05  |  Opening
7:05-7:10  |  Trip Review
7:10-7:55  |  Scout Games
7:55-8:00  |  Closing

This week’s meeting will be focused on some scout games. It has been a while since scouts have played around with each other so this will be the meeting to let loose a bit. I do want each scout to concentrate on the scout games and not other distracting events.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeffrey Gomez

Important Notes for Tonight’s Trip Departure

Hello Scouts,
We are going to have an exciting weekend learning survival skills, and eating is one of them!
Please remember that tonight (Friday) night’s dinner is BRING YOUR OWN BROWN BAG.  We are gathering at 3:30 PM at the Carriage House parking lot, and it is very desirable that we do our drive and arrival while it is still daylight.  If you  arrive at 3:30 expecting to then run to Porter Square to buy something for dinner you will hold the group up.  Please plan accordingly!
See you soon! YiS
Dr H.

Agenda for Tuesday, March 19

Hello everyone,

Last week, scouts not going on the trip have learned some material about wilderness survival. They will be teaching a couple of skills to those who are going on the trip so they are prepared.

7:00-7:05  |  Opening
7:05-7:20  |  Pack checks
7:20-7:40  |  Presentations by scouts
7:40-7:55  |  Food in cold weather
7:55-8:00  |  Closing

Do not forget that the weekend is the wilderness survival trip. The pack check will be re-done and will determine if you can go or not. So make sure you come prepared. Some scouts have passed the pack check and they know if they did. We are not punishing you but will rather have you be safe than sorry.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeffrey Gomez

Wilderness Survival trip – Pack Check

Scouts  going on the Wilderness Survival trip  (and your parents):
1.  This Tuesday we will repeat the mandatory pack check.  If you do not pass the pack check you cannot attend the trip.
–Congratulations to Neelu, Kavita, and Jeffrey who came with complete packs and do not have to repeat.  Kevin is traveling and has made other arrangements.
–All other Scouts going on the trip must come with their entire pack with everything on the attached list,
        –except those items you are borrowing from the AMC (0 degree sleeping bag, foam pads, water bottle insulators)
        –except those items being supplied by the troop (contractor trash bag, tarps, snacks)
–Safety is our top priority.  Winter camping is fun AND can be very dangerous if you are unprepared.  We need to be absolutely certain you have the right gear.  The following statements do NOT provide that assurance:
     –“I have it at home”
     –“I forgot to put it in”
     –“I’m going to be getting one”
     –“You know things have been so busy…”
—One item on the list is a survival kit which you may have to construct
     –We expect you to have this even if you have not passed your Totin’ Chip and your Fireman Chip.  It is a badge requirement
     –You may find suggestions for a survival kit in your Scout Handbook, it is called  “The Scout Essentials”
     –Other outdoor organizations call this kit “The Ten Essentials” and the items can differ somewhat by the organization.  NH Fish &
       Wildlife Ten Essentials listed here:
2.   Could a parent volunter not going on the trip to be the communications coordinator?  When returning home we will call that parent with expected arrival time, who will then call all other parents.  This way Scouts will not need their cell phones on the trip and we can have the electronics-free time that so many families have expressed a desire for.  Please contact me if you are will ing to do this.
Thank you!  Yours in Scouting
Michelle Holmes


Agenda for Tuesday, March 12

Hello everyone,

The March trip is coming very close and we will start preparing for it. As Mr. English has stated before, the most dangerous thing we do in this troop are our winter trips. The cold is a very serious and dangerous threat but can be mitigated and prevented to a very minimal threat. It can be easily protected against as long as we keep up with our Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.

7:00-7:05  |  Opening

7:05-7:55  |  Pack Check & Food List
*7:05-7:55 |  Learn new skills
7:55-8:00  |  Closing

*=scouts not going on the trip will learn about wilderness survival skills, especially for the winter

Scouts that are not going on this trip will also be needed for next week. The skills they learn will be taught to the whole troop in some presentations and demonstrations.

Yours in Scouting,
Jeffrey Gomez

Advancement and Service Hours

Hello all,

Just a quick note regarding advancement.  If you have not yet signed up for St. James service hours you cannot advance at the next Court of Honor.  If you are unsure as to whether or not you need to sign up, you may contact Dr. Holmes. If you know that you still need to sign up you may do so here:

Scott Donaldson

Agenda for Tuesday, March 5

Hello everyone,

7:00-7:05  |  Opening
7:05-7:55  |  Advancements
7:55-8:00  |  Closing

For advancements, I would like to request for as many leaders to help with scouts. There are so many scouts and so many circumstances to fulfill. Some scouts could work with others for certain ranks but others may have to focus on 1 difficult requirement for the whole meeting. The more the merrier and I ask for each leaders’ assistance.

The March trip is coming very soon and it will focus on wilderness survival. Some great plans to prepare scouts for the trip are already scheduled but we need to make sure that scouts are committed to going and be attending the next 3 weeks meetings.

Yours in Scouting,
Jeffrey Gomez